Author: Deborah Weiss

Deborah Weiss is a freelance dance writer and critic, based in London. Royal Ballet School trained and a former senior soloist with London Festival Ballet and Bayerisches Staatsballett, she began writing in 1993 whilst living in Southern Germany. She has written for a number of publications including Dancing Times, The Dancer and Dance Europe.

Under are the articles written for DanceTabs.
Rambert2 in Andrea Miller's Sama.© Stephen Wright. (Click image for larger version)

Rambert2 – Terms and Conditions, Sin, Sama – London

★★★✰✰   Absolutely first rate dancing with rather mixed choreography…

Yaman Okur & Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven's 1mm Au Dessus Du Sol.© Guillaume Rabgui. (Click image for larger version)

Breakin’ Convention: Yaman Okur & Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven – 1mm Au Dessus Du Sol – London

★★★✰✰   Okur’s style of movement is highly distinctive – as if locking and popping have had the jerkiness removed and replaced with something altogether more silky.

English National Ballet in Giselle.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Akram Khan’s Giselle – London

★★★★★   Everything about this production is topical, very real and will probably be so for many years to come. Absolutely five stars to the company…

Michael Jackson Jr in Jamar Roberts Members Don't Get Weary.© Paul Kolnik. (Click image for larger version)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Programme C: Ounce of Faith, Members Don’t Get Weary, Ella, Revelations – London

★★★★✰   Having watched the company since childhood, I find it is impossible not to instantly appreciate the sheer beauty and energy they radiate…

Two Husbands by Daniela Cardim - Camino Llonch, Alexander Nuttall, Marianne Allen, Aitor Viscarolasaga Lopez, Kevin Bhoyroo, Marta Rivero de Miranda, Dean Rushton.© Deborah Jaffe Photography. (Click image for larger version)

New English Ballet Theatre – New Works – London

★★★✰✰   In the event, the levels of polish and invention were quite remarkable given the circumstances.

Chloe Keneally in Kenneth Tindall's Solo for C.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet School – 2019 Summer Performance, Celebrating 30 Years – London

★★★✰✰   English National Ballet School is celebrating 30 years since its inception in 1989 – it had just 12 students in that inaugural year. The numbers are ever increasing and there is evidence of significant talents among the graduates this year.

Flyer image, including picture of Theresa Ruth Howard, based on a MoBBallet Instagram post. (Click image for larger version)

ROH Young Talent Festival Symposium on Exposure, Access and Opportunity

The Young Talent Festival at London’s Royal Opera House included an important Symposium, hosted by Theresa Ruth Howard, under the title “Exposure, Access and Opportunity: Exploring the Cultural Barriers to Ballet.” Deborah Weiss with a comprehensive report on a stimulating event…

Dancers Maria Bruguet González, Esme Calcutt, Tuva Svendsen and Isabella Zych-Watson in Ashley Page's Meadowdown.© Alex Fine. (Click image for larger version)

Images Ballet Company – Interplay, Mirrors, On Lineage, Meadowdown – London

★★★✰✰   Images has done an excellent job of commissioning appropriate, innovative choreographers, allowing the company to exceed their expectations…

Bobbi Jene Smith in Mari.© Andrew Ogilvy. (Click image for larger version)

Mari – a film by Georgia Parris, Bobbi Jene Smith and Maxine Doyle

★★★✰✰   Mari sets out to examine the complex relationship between different generations of a family and uses contemporary dance in a sort of parallel world to express an emotional history.

Natalia Osipova in the film Force of Nature Natalia.© Justine Waddell, Asterisk Films. (Click image for larger version)

Natalia Osipova Film – A Force of Nature Natalia

★★★★★   This is a superbly made film… It draws a portrait of a supreme artist, a woman with exceptional humility, all sensitively handled with warmth and humour.

Pam Tanowitz Dance in the Little Gidding section of Four Quartets.© Maria Baranova. (Click image for larger version)

Pam Tanowitz Dance – Four Quartets (T.S. Eliot) – London

★★★✰✰   Tanowitz is ideally placed to translate poetry into dance. Her vocabulary is effortlessly fluid with clear Cunningham/Graham/Brown influences and yet her own voice is strongly established.

Marianela Nuñez and Ryoichi Hirano in Asphodel Meadows.© Foteini Christofilopoulou, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Asphodel Meadows, The Two Pigeons – London

★★★★✰   Liam Scarlett’s Asphodel Meadows has made a welcome return to the Opera House stage, reminding us exactly why his prodigious talent was given a main stage debut when the choreographer was just 24.

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